The Story of Orange Avocado Jewelry...
Published Jul 29 2019 in
Truly honoured to be asked for the 8th year in a row to create an exclusive necklace for Fashion with Compassion in support of Sorrentino's Fashion with Compassion. I have metal worked and created 100 of these necklaces which are $130 each and available for pre-order when you purchase tickets to Syncrude presents Fashion with Compassion on Thursday, October 24th, 2019. Purchase tickets to event online here.
I was interviewed by Sorrentino's Compassion House about my association with the organization and the jewelry that I have created for their gala for the past 7 years.
Published Mar 02 2019 in
My most vivid memories of learning about Greek mythology and the Greek empire was in high school. It was in my drama classes, with our teacher Ken Agrell-Smith, that I began to appreciate this ancient history. Agrell taught us to delve beyond the surface of a play by learning about the history around the writing of the play. He taught us about the grandeur and fall of the Greek empire and its mythological history.
This collection is a homage to that history, the Greek Goddess Athena and to my teacher Agrell-Smith. Athena was the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law, justice, strategic warfare, math, strength and skill. She could have been an Olympic athlete, a lawyer, but just as likely a teacher, a friend, a mother, a daughter, a sister or a grandmother. She can be you or I.
This is a collection of detail and of beauty within. In this collection are symbols representing the Goddess Athena. The olive leaf is from the olive tree; a gift that Athena offered to the King of Athens, Cecrops. The labyrinth pendant represents the labyrinth made by King Minos to imprison the Minotaur monster. The turquoise stone represents energy, wisdom, serenity, friendship, love & loyalty. Labradorite is a protective stone promoting healing and balance. These stones are scattered quietly within this collection.
This past year the teacher that had the greatest influence in my life passed away. I have such fond memories of Agrell's passion for the arts, history, and his genuine love and support for each one of his students. Thank you Agrell.
Find the Athena Collection here.
Jen requested a bronze turtle charm on a stretch bracelet. The process is involved including carving & etching the bronze clay to get every detail correct. Each pendant I make is handcrafted & takes often 7 hours to make from the initial hand sculpting of the piece, drying, etching, firing in my kiln, burnishing and tumbling. Then I incorporate the charm in a piece of jewelry. Here I have it within a matte amazonite beaded stretch bracelet. Slow and steady wins the race!
Gratitude is what I feel today❤️. So many thanks to my customers who came out to my Christmas show yesterday. You braved the icy roads to support my little business. Over 200 people attended the show...how is it so I say each time to my daughter. So much love to my friends and family who helped me with my show: Calla, Kirsten, Erin, Rayna, Roma, Alex, Jackie,Debbie, my mom Kim and Aidan. I cannot do it without your help each year! Each of you make changes in your busy schedules to help me...incredible! A final thanks to the staff at the Derrick Club, they are the most accommodating and friendly people to work with. Big hugs to all of you. Now go and enjoy your jewelry.
Published Oct 26 2018 in Events
Drop every fearBreast Cancer WarriorA place without judgementA place to drop every fearWords by Jayleen, former resident ofSorrentino's Compassion HouseI was honoured to be a part of Sorrentino's Compassion House Fashion with Compassion 2018 this year, creating a limited edition Bronze Layered Heart Bracelet. It was thrilling to see all of the 125 bracelets that I made were sold out last night. I have been creating a limited edition piece for the last 6 years for the organization. And each year I am inspired and touched by the personal stories that each resident brings to this event. A heartfelt note of gratitude to Mellissa Kraft, executive director, and Joanne Berger; for their support of my craft and fearless support of the cause. The Sorrentino's Compassion House is affordable housing for out of town residents who are undergoing cancer treatment at the Edmonton Cross Cancer Institute. With donor support each resident can stay for $25 a night; where the actual cost of a stay is $125 a night. Please read more about this organization at www.compassionhouse.org#supportastay #yegfwc #yegsch